Not both being from the same area, when looking for our wedding venue we were keen to look for a location that had potential to allow travelling guests to stay over. We wanted a venue that catered for both wedding ceremony and evening reception without the need to split the day.
Although we had very few specific details for individual requirements we knew straight away that we wanted a venue that offered an open and free flowing feel whilst maintaining a homely vintage charm. Food was also another item high on the agenda. We were both very keen that what people were offered was a true reflection of us as characters therefore a good menu choice was key. We felt Ashfield House excelled on this point and booked almost 12 months before our actual wedding date. Although it wasn’t in our original plans to get married in November we simply couldn’t miss the opportunity to have our day at this venue in 2016.
From the very moment we walked in, we knew this was going to be the venue we were going to get married in. The high ceilings in the beautiful entrance hall, the period character and charm, the Langtree Suite with its breath-taking entrance. We could already envisage our closest friends, family and loved ones sipping drinks and cocktails in the accompanying seating and bar area. The restaurant area is just beautiful with its dark original wooden flooring and expanse of windows opening up onto a secluded garden and veranda. On the day we went to visit it was actually set out for Sunday lunch, and having had the opportunity to sample some of the food we were blown away with the quality for the amount of covers they were serving. The main bar within Ashfield House has all the period charm of a Downton Abbey set, which we knew would suit the country gent look we wanted for our day.
Having been escorted around the upstairs rooms and communal areas by Katie we were sold. Katie has a perfect blend of experience, charm and knowledge. She made us feel that there wasn’t an inch of her venue that she hadn’t personally had a hand in styling. We were sold and signed up there and then.
Getting married in November you need to be mindful of the ever changing weather and the light available on the day. However, we had nothing to worry about at Ashfield House. If the weather was good (as it ended up being) then we had an array of outdoor opportunities from the veranda outside the restaurant overlooking the gardens, to the terrace in front of the main entrance, which is surrounded by beautiful foliage this time of year. Inside there are lots of amazing photo opportunities too, from the beautiful main stairwell to the elegant wood panelled restaurant bar with its Chesterfield settees, wingback chairs and roaring open fire.
It was the ideal venue for us - individual and charming, and together with an incredible team of suppliers, Ashfield House provided the perfect wedding day.
Ashfield House, Standish, Wigan WN6 0EQ www.ashfieldhousehotel.co.uk
Photographer - Teresa C Photography www.teresac.co.uk
Flowers/Venue dressing -
Sarah Crookston, The Rose Boutique www.theroseboutique.co.uk
Wedding Cake - Kelly Towriess,
Pink Frosting Cake Company www.pinkfrostingcakeco.co.uk
Pianist - Liz Hendry Wedding Pianist www.lizhendry.co.uk
Vintage Lettering - Brides Little Helper www.brideslittlehelper.co.uk
Suits - Richard Smith Bespoke www.richardsmithbespoke.co.uk
- TForTwo Bespoke
Wedding Stationery www.tfortwoinvitations.com